DPAC/DGG meet Wednesday

Derwenthorpe Partnership Advisory Committee (DPAC), and the Derwenthorpe Governing Group (DGG) will meet on Wednesday 22 July 2020, at 6pm, and 7:15pm respectively. Both are public meetings, and will be held on Zoom. Everyone is invited to attend (subject to Zoom’s 100 device limit).

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 975 1685 0971
Passcode: 374767

Download these calendar files to add the meeting to your calendar. The Zoom link is in the calendar files, for your convenience. If you have trouble with these files, please email before Wednesday.

DPAC papers are available on Dropbox.

DGG papers are also available on Dropbox.

The Zoom meeting will run on for both meetings, so you won’t need to find a new link for the DGG meeting.

When you join the meeting, you will be muted. If you wish to ask a question, please do so in the meeting’s text chat.

[Updated to add meeting papers]

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LAPs and wildflowers

The nature group has been busy again. Last week we helped the JRHT gardening team tidy up the two LAPs on Lotherington, including weeding, pruning and planting. You may have noticed some long narrow trenches circling the perimeter of the beck field. We worked with the gardening team to lift the turf so we could sow a meadow mix of wildflower seeds. As long as the birds don’t snack on the seeds, they should start germinating in the next few weeks and we’ll see some wildflowers. For more information about the group and what we do, please contact Wendy at Everyone is welcome to join us.

Looking after the LAPs and making space for wildflowers

Residents Meetings

All Residents’ Meeting on Wednesday

You are invited to an All Residents’ Meeting, on Zoom, on Wednesday evening (at 7:30pm, 31 March 2021). You should have had a flyer through your door, a couple of weeks ago: so this is a reminder.

You can find the meeting agenda, and draft minutes of the last meeting, at (follow the “next meeting” link).

Among other things, we’ll be looking at up coming changes to your Heating charges, and the Estate Management Fee.

We’ll also have an update on the Phase 5 development, and the central square area.

We’ll likely adjust the order of the agenda to suit invited guests, so please be on time to avoid missing things.

There will be a lot to get through!

Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Derwenthorpe Residents’ Association’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 31, 2021 19:30 London

Click the link to Join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 950 5438 9633
Passcode: 947371


What’s the plan, Stan?*

We’ve put up a new page linking to planning consents at You can also find it under the “about” menu. You can find plans for Phase 5 there, and all parts of Derwenthorpe. And the new Burnholme plans, too: they’re not part of Derwenthorpe, but there on our doorstep.

You can see how the plans have changed over time, too. For example Lotherington Lake has changed shape. And Holly Close moved.

Find your house plans.

You can see the plans for your house, too. Find the right quarter, and find the right site plan. It will label your house with something like B1 or D2. Then you can find the plans and elevations for your house. Some two bedroom houses include plans for an extra room in the loft: which might save architects fees, if that’s something you’re considering. Do check with the council: but you might not need planning permission to use those plans.

Phase 5 plans.

JRHT are finalising contract details with a builder for phase 5, and residents’ representatives are working with JRHT to ensure that residents have a way to deal with any issues that might arise. Of course, there will be additional traffic, and other disruption, but we want to keep that to a minimum.

Contrary to recent rumours, JRHT aren’t considering any other plans.

Residents’ representatives, through DPAC, DRA, and DGG are working with JRHT to ensure that we quickly keep on top of any problems that might occur.

* Not a Paul Simon lyric, apparently!


Nature Group Work Sessions

Come and join us on our next group of work sessions with the JRHT gardening team. Everyone is welcome. This is the programme ~

  • 9.00 am until noon Monday 29 March ~ help to rejuvenate our LAPs (local areas of play).
  • 9.00 am until noon Wednesday 31 March ~ lots of planting!
  • 9.00 am until noon Thursday 1 April ~ mulching, formative pruning, removing any remaining rabbitguards.

Meet outside the energy centre, but if you come along later phone me to find out where we are – my phone number will be displayed in a window of the energy centre. Drop in for as long as you can – you don’t have to stay for the whole session, you don’t have to be there at the start, and you don’t have to stay till the end. Come to as many sessions as you want. Come along just to say “hallo”! Adam and the gardening team will be there to guide and help us. Bring a selection of whatever ordinary garden tools you can manage (space, fork, hand trowel and fork, secateurs) although the gardening team will have some spare equipment, and a kneeler may be useful. Please wear gloves, and be aware of social distancing. For more information contact Wendy at


Photo Competition

Enter our first ever photographic competition, using your phone or camera to take pictures of any aspect of life in Derwenthorpe – indoors, outdoors, action, nature, architecture, weather etc. Get creative.

There are three age groups:-

  • child (up to 12 years)
  • teen (13 – 18 years)
  • adult (19+ years)

Prizes will be available in each age group.

Submit up to 3 photos, maximum size 5Mb per photo to  You can enter at any time up to Friday 30 April. Please give your name and age group and a title for each photo. 

Entries will be posted on the DRA website so if any of your images include people, make sure you have their consent before submitting.

We hope you enjoy taking your photos and wish you good luck in the competition.

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Birds, bats and bugs

The nature group has been busy! With the help of the JRHT gardening team, we’ve been putting up bird nesting boxes, bat roosting boxes and building habitat piles for all sorts of insects. If you want to get involved in any of our future ventures, contact Wendy by emailing

Building habitat piles
Putting up boxes

We’ve also removed over 1200 rabbit guards, those pesky plastic tubes which protect young hedging from hungry rabbits, but need to come off as the plants grow.

Removing rabbit guards

Tree planting to help butterflies

Have you noticed 20 green tubes with stakes on beck field? They contain Ulmus Ademez (elm) saplings. They have been supplied by JRHT, and the nature group helped the gardening team to plant them on Friday 26 February 2021. These are disease resistant elm trees, and are particularly important to the white-letter hairstreak butterfly which breeds in elm trees and has been badly affected by the loss of elm trees to Dutch elm disease. For information about the nature group, please contact Wendy by emailing

This post was edited to correct the date: it was February, not March.


Nature Group Work Sessions

This coming week we have the opportunity to help birds, bats and insects, and to plant some trees!  This is the programme ~

  • 9.00 am til noon Wednesday 24 February- bird, bat and log pile installation.  You can join in that morning, or take away a box to put up at your leisure.
  • 9.00 am til noon Thursday 25 February- mass removal of expired plant protection products around all phases and formative pruning.  This can also be carried on afterwards independently at our leisure.
  • 9.00 am til noon Friday 26 February- tree planting, 20 Elm, 3 large cherry, 3 plum.

Meet at the energy centre.  Tools such as secateurs, spade, small trug or bucket, gloves and wellies will help, but the gardening team will have spare tools.
Adam and the gardening team will be there to help and give guidance on all aspects of this work – the best trees to put up boxes; the best places to build habitat piles; how and where to plant the trees (mainly on the beck field).  So even if you can’t spare the time to get on with it that day, please come along to pick up a box and find the best locations.  You don’t have to stay for the whole session – just drop in and give what time you can spare.  And of course, we’ll all have to be aware of social distancing. For more information contact Wendy at


Nature Group Meeting

We’re having a virtual meeting on Wednesday 3 March at 6.30 pm.  This will be informal, and we’ll be chatting over ideas of how we can help make Derwenthorpe a better place for nature – now and in the future when circumstances allow.  If you would like to join in, or want more information, then please contact Wendy at


Help design the heart of the community!

Help us build back better! JHRT have asked the ABC:D group to gather the community’s ideas on what should happen with the Central Square area of Derwenthorpe. This is the area between the SSC and the two blocks of flats that’s currently used as a building compound. They are thinking about moving the bus stop there, and adding some visitor parking, but they really want your help to shape what happens.

The ABC:D group think we should think bigger than just Central Square. We’d like your ideas for new community facilities in the whole area around the SSC. Maybe you think we need a bigger community building, an outdoor space for BBQ’s and picnics, more sports facilities, a skate park, or all of the above! Feel free to be as creative as you like! We’d love this project to help bring the whole community together in the coming years.

How to get involved…

Head to the ABC:D Facebook group, there’s a picture of the Central Square area that you can download and draw on. So get your colouring pencils out and get sketching! Post a photo of your picture when you’re done!

Not feeling artistic? Feel free to add a comment with your ideas, or send us a direct message. We’d love to hear from you!

Not a Facebook user? You can download the image on this page, make your changes, and email them to

Are you interested in hearing more about our plans in future? Then join our Facebook group:

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